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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jul 25, 2013 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tuna and taping

It's interesting to note how "the taping thing" differs immensely between these two camps: GD bands allowing taping; Asleep At The Wheel, Hot Tuna, and Mitterhoff strongly disallowing taping. eTree's bit torrent Upload page Notice --
- Never upload these artists! - This list is not all-inclusive.
- Hot Tuna, Blue Country, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady or Barry Mitterhoff when
connected to Hot Tuna or any other environment where the above are musicians.

- John Scofield
- Allman Brothers Band
- Garaj Mahal soundboards.
- No Peter Rowan per his management.
- NO Leftover Salmon from 2007 except 6/24/07
- No JJ Cale per his management
- No The Victor Wooten Band per the band
I met Barry Mitterhoff several times at Bluegrass Festivals back east in 1974. I recall him being delegated to the same ilk-type second-class player associations as Kenny Kosack, Russ Barenberg, Tony Trishka, Pete Wernick, and Andy Statman - because they were playing Newgrass material, and lots of hippies liked what they were doing. I can't remember who Mitterhoff played with, exactly, but he would know this scene as well as anyone. The aforementioned players were a big part of the upstate NY crowd from the Ithaca area. Breakfast Special and Country Cookin' were two of their famous bands in this era. They played phenomenal hippie shit bluegrass - especially Breakfast Special! The hippie crowd enjoyed them at nearly every big Festival back east. They were more creative than anyone else by merging more off-the-wall genres into Bluegrass material than anyone else. Bill Monroe and other "diehard" bands and fans would castigate newgrass bands and fans for being non-traditional outlaws. This was a hot-button (hippie) issue! Promoters profited off of everyone. The newgrass bands played late in the evenings, mostly to large hippie crowds. Breakfast Special played the last set of the night at many Festivals. The afternoon sets were a mixed bag of artists and bands. The traditional bands played in all the prime time slots, and they also played gospel music on Sunday mornings. I went to quite a few of the larger established bluegrass festivals back east during 1974 to 1976.

I was a soundman for newgrass type bands in the middle of all this shit! So, I was just curious, why is Mitterhoff such a 'bitter-hoff' - now that he has made it "legit" and gets all this respect these days? Soundmen and tapers like myself helped bridge the gap between bluegrass music bands and newgrass music outlaw bands. Look what Bear did with OAITW. He led the way and I rode his coat-tails. Today it's all lumped together and it's called progressive bluegrass. It's a spin, what's all the fuss? No need to hide this underground anti-establishment shit and cover it up.

This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2013-07-25 17:10:35